Definitions for chimerakɪˈmɪər ə, kaɪ-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

chi•me•rakɪˈmɪər ə, kaɪ-(n.)(pl.)-ras.

or chi•mae•ra 3

  1. (often cap.) a monster of classical myth, commonly represented with a lion's head, a goat's body, and a serpent's tail.

    Category: Mythology

  2. any horrible or grotesque imaginary creature.

  3. a fancy or dream.

  4. an organism composed of two or more genetically distinct tissues.

    Category: Genetics

Origin of chimera:

1350–1400; ME < L chimaera < Gk chímaira she-goat; akin to ON gymbr, E gimmer ewe-lamb one year (i.e., one winter) old, L hiems winter (see hiemal )

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Chimera, Chimaera(noun)

    (Greek mythology) fire-breathing female monster with a lion's head and a goat's body and a serpent's tail; daughter of Typhon

  2. chimera, chimaera(noun)

    a grotesque product of the imagination

Wiktionary

  1. chimera(Noun)

    Chimera, or any fabulous creature with parts from different animals.

  2. chimera(Noun)

    A vain, foolish, or incongruous fancy, or creature of the imagination; as, the chimera of an author.

  3. chimera(Noun)

    An organism with genetically distinct cells originating from two zygotes.

  4. chimera(Noun)

    A gargoyle (fictional winged creature)

  5. chimera(Noun)

    (usually chimaera) A cartilaginous marine fish in the subclass Holocephali and especially the order Chimaeriformes, with a blunt snout, long tail, and a spine before the first dorsal fin.

  6. Chimera(ProperNoun)

    A mythical monster represented as vomiting flames, and as having the head of a lion, the body of a goat, and the tail of a dragon.

  7. Origin: From . The fabulous monster in Lycea (with a lion's head, a goat's body, and a serpent's tail), supposedly personification of snow or winter, originally "year-old she-goat", from . Meaning "wild fantasy" first recorded 1587.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Chimera(noun)

    a monster represented as vomiting flames, and as having the head of a lion, the body of a goat, and the tail of a dragon

  2. Chimera(noun)

    a vain, foolish, or incongruous fancy, or creature of the imagination; as, the chimera of an author

Freebase

  1. Chimera

    The Chimera was, according to Greek mythology, a monstrous fire-breathing female and male creature of Lycia in Asia Minor, composed of the parts of three animals — a lion, a snake and a goat. Usually depicted as a lion, with the head of a goat arising from its back, and a tail that ended in a snake's head, the Chimera was one of the offspring of Typhon and Echidna and a sibling of such monsters as Cerberus and the Lernaean Hydra. The term chimera has come to describe any mythical or fictional animal with parts taken from various animals, or to describe a creature perceived as wildly imaginative or implausible.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Chimera

    An individual that contains cell populations derived from different zygotes.

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